Debate continues to rage around Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s commitment to pull out of the bombing campaign against Islamic State in Iraq despite its recent terror attacks in Paris and polling that suggests most Canadians are OK with the mission.
The discussion, though, has focused on the politics of the decision and not whether it makes sense from a military standpoint. And there’s no historical context to help Canadians understand how air power fits into broader war-winning strategy.
Trudeau has reaffirmed his campaign pledge to withdraw the RCAF contribution to the U.S.-led coalition attacking Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) in northern Iraq and Syria. Ottawa plans instead to expand the 69-member contingent from the army’s Special Operations Regiment involved in training local Kurdish forces and also ramp up efforts to aid civilians displaced after ISIS broke out of its Syrian enclave last year.
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